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 The 17th Conference on Mountain Meteorology

The 17th Conference on Mountain Meteorology was held June 27- July 1, 2016 in Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain and was co-chaired by Stephan De Wekker (University of Virginia) and Erik Crosman (University of Utah).  There were 155 submissions, with 131 presenting authors from 15 countries. Roughly 2/3 of the papers were given orally and 1/3 were posters. As an experiment, each poster session was split into two periods with a break for oral presentations in between to reduce “poster session fatigue.”  Feedback on this was mixed.

The “Mountain Meteorology Named Session Award,” which replaced the previous “Mountain Meteorology Award,” was presented for the first time to Shiyuan (Sharon) Zhong (Michigan State University) for distinguished contributions to the understanding of boundary layers in complex terrain through observational campaigns and numerical simulation. Heather Reeves (NOAA/MRMS) received a STAC Award in Mountain Meteorology in recognition of her creativity in developing and administering the Mountain Meteorology Webinar series.  Student awards were presented to Maximo Menchaca (University of Washington) and Carly Wright (University of Reading) who tied for best oral presentation while Jennifer DeHart (University of Washington) was recognized for best poster.



John Horel (U Utah)
For development and leadership of the MesoWest observational network in support of operations, research, and education to improve understanding and forecasting of mountain meteorology.

Fotini Katopodes Chow (UC Berkeley)
For insightful studies of the atmospheric boundary layer and flows over complex terrain using large-eddy simulation.

Upcoming talks in the webinar series



New Textbook: Mountain Weather and Forecasting
Mountain Weather Research and Forecasting provides readers with a broad understanding of the fundamental principles driving atmospheric flow over complex terrain and provides historical context for recent developments and future direction for researchers and forecasters.




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